Traditional Building Skills

Cornwall’s geology has produced a wide variety of distinctive buildings stones and slate and the use of these building materials has underpinned local character and distinctiveness. In order to maintain our stock of historic buildings with sympathetic repairs, alterations and extensions, as well as continuing to build distinctive new buildings using sustainable materials, we need to maintain a supply of local stone and slate, to ensure traditional skills are retained and augmented and to encourage other traditional and sustainable building techniques such as cob building and the use of lime mortars

The Council are actively seeking to reverse the decline in traditional Cornish building skills by working with partners such as the Cornwall College and the Cornwall Sustainable Buildings Trust to set up courses in skills such as scantle slate roofing and working with lime.  Further information on this will be uploaded in due course.

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The Cornwall Sustainable Buildings Trust has details of courses on their website.

Information on traditional building craft skills is also available from English Heritage.